Do You Know About The Swine Common Industry Audit? Sherrie Webb, National Pork Board, outlines the background of why the Swine Common Industry Audit exists and what producers need to know. Ms. Webb's take away: "Change is the one of the few things that stay the same" - continuous staff training and education is needed to keep the practice of swine production top of mind.
What Happens When Animal Diseases Shut Down Production? Dr. Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University, provides details on the Secure Pork Supply Plan, its tools, and information it uses. Of importance to producers is knowing how it works and what steps production staff will need to learn.
Planning for Emergency Mass-Depopulation of Swine in Response to a Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak - Mark Rice, North Carolina State University, from the 2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA.
Pre-AASV Seminar Series The 2015 Boehringer Ingelheim Pre-AASV Conference, February 27, 2015 - Orlando, FL, shared updates on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), animal welfare, and a comparison of EU and North American regulations. These presentations sought to bring swine veterinarians together for conversations and shared learning on the current state of pork business and its future.
Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, shares an approach to veterinarian education from "cradle to grave". Dr. Lowe suggests we [swine ecosystem] are not training to deliver what is needed, but there is a better way forward at hand. Dr. Lowe is proposing that the future of veterinary care is building a path of life long learning to have facts that build "to understanding to application to creation, over a lifetime of a career." Building the culture of life long learning is key [video].
Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Veterinary Service, digs deep into the issues and challenges of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Connor tries to address the questions of what the swine world did correct, what went wrong, and what should be done in the future. Dr. Connor closes with several cautionary statements that swine people need to know. [video].